Earlier this month Cameco, the Saskatoon based uranium mining company, donated $500,000 to the St. Mary’s Wellness Clinic. The Clinic, located inside St. Mary’s School is a partnership between Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Saskatoon Tribal Council, and the University of Saskatchewan Department of Paediatrics. The full-time receptionist is employed by Saskatoon Tribal Council.
The only self-administered First Nations police agency in Saskatchewan recently received $8.2 million over the next four years to continue policing services in five File Hills First Nations communities. This amount was cost shared with the Federal Government providing $4.3 million and the Government of Saskatchewan $3.9 million.
In a ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada has granted declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 sq. km. of land in British Columbia to the Tsihqot’in First Nation, establishing a legal precedent regarding aboriginal land. The unanimous 8-0 decision resolves many important legal questions and will apply wherever there are outstanding land claims.
CBC News Posted: Jun 26, 2014
Last week the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and Saskatoon Public Schools (SPS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOA). The MOA hopefully will lead to SPS operating the Whitecap School as a pre-Kindergarten to Grade 4 school with teachers being SPS employees.
By Janet French, The Starphoenix June 20, 2014
Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) was held last week in at TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK. Delegates were assigned an online company or community profile and then software helped ‘match’ Aboriginal groups with interested businesses resulting in 20 minute meetings. This was the first time the ABM was held in Saskatoon. Last year’s ABM event created in excess of $30M in new business deals.
CBC News Posted: Jun 19, 2014
On Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm The Office of the Treaty Commissioner is launching, The Land is Everything: Treaty Land Entitlement. The book combines perspectives on Treaties, Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE), and TLE legacies from Elders Leaders, academics, youth and artists. The launch will take place at McNally Robinson Books, 3130 8th St. E., Saskatoon, SK.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) recently responded to the National Energy Board conditional approval of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The project would carry 525,000 barrels of oil per day 1,177 kilometres from northern Alberta to the Pacific coast.
The Halalt First Nation recently completed upgrades to its water treatment facility. Government of Canada assisted this project with $2.7 million in funding. These upgrades will benefit 41 homes on Halalt Indian Reserve No. 2 and 21 homes on Penelakut First Nation’s Tsussie Indian Reserve No. 6.
On June 21st we invite all Canadians to celebrate National Aboriginal Day which recognizes the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently decided to cancel the trademark registration for the use of the name, “Washington Redskins”. In the words of the Office, “We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered”.
By Pete Evans, CBC News Posted: Jun 18, 2014